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|Defunct: 2002 (stopped game production)|
|T-series code: T-21|
|Merged with: MediaWorks (2008)|
|Headquarters: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan|
ASCII Corporation, Inc. (アスキー) is a company founded by Kazuhiko Nishi on May 24, 1977. They primarily served as a publisher for computing magazines and books.
In its early years ASCII focused on the development of said hardware and software for it but later, when the video game market got rough in the mid-eighties, the company started to develop and publish software for popular gaming consoles of that time, namely the Nintendo Entertainment System and the Sega Mega Drive.
Due to their success in the market, ASCII decided to establish an U.S. subsidiary in 1991 which became known as ASCII Entertainment Software (often publishing under the Asciiware brand). Additionally, ASCII created a number of controllers for Sega home console systems. The company also produced two Sega Saturn games under the "ASCII Something Good" name, primarily known for its telecom involvement.
In the following years the Japanese market of ASCII declined slowly while the US market became profitable and so another subsidiary was founded in 1998. It became known as "Ascii Game Entertainment TEChnology", or Agetec for short. Agetec's primary field of business was the publication of video games. In 1999 Agetec was spun off and became a fully independent publisher of games though business relationships remained.
In March 2002, ASCII Corporation finally ceased to distribute and publish video games on the Japanese market and started to center its attention around its early core competencies, IT- and computer-magazines like the prestigious ASCII-magazine. The software development branch was subsequently spun off as Media Leaves Inc.
- Solitaire Poker (1991)
- Kakinoki Shougi (1995)
- Mahjong Ganryuujima (1995)
- Jikuu Tantei DD (Dracula Detective): Maboroshi no Lorelei (1996)
- Shin Kaitei Gunkan: Koutetsu no Kodoku (1997)
- Wizardry: Llylgamyn Saga (1998) (as ASCII Entertainment)
- Game Basic for SegaSaturn (1998)
- Simulation RPG Tsukuru (1998)
- Linda³ Kanzenban (1998)
- Derby Stallion (1999)
- ASCII Stick α (1987)
- 6 Button Arcade Fighter Pad
- AsciiPad MD
- ASCII Fighter Stick SG-6
- AsciiPad SG-6
- Capcom Pad Soldier MD
- Mega Pad
- Mega Stick
- Rhino Pad
- tambourine controller for MiniMoni. Shaker tto Tambourine! Dapyon!
- Trance Vibrator for Rez
- Fantasy Zone Kanzen Kouryaku Guide (1987)
- Shining Force Kouryaku no Tebiki (1992)
- Landstalker: Koutei no Zaihou Kouryaku no Tebiki (1993)
- Shining Force II: Inishie no Fuuin Kouryaku no Tebiki (1993)
- Shining Force CD Koushiki Guide Book (1994)
- Virtua Fighter Sega Saturn Fighting Manual Vol. 1 for Novice (1994)
- Virtua Fighter Maniax Replays (1994)
- Virtua Fighter Sega Saturn Fighting Manual Vol. 2 for Expert (1995)
- Shining Wisdom Koushiki Guide Book (1995)
- Virtua Fighter Remix Sega Saturn Fighting Manual Complete (1995)
- Virtua Fighter 2 Sega Saturn Fighting Manual Vol. 1 for Novice (1995)
- Virtua Fighter 2 Sega Saturn Fighting Manual Vol. 2 for Expert (1996)
- Dragon Force Koushiki Guide Book (1996)
- Panzer Dragoon Zwei no Sekai: Panzer Dragoon Zwei Koushiki Guide Book (1996)
- Last Bronx Tokyo Bangaichi Koushiki Command Book (1996)
- Virtua Fighter Kids Fan Book (1996)
- Virtua Fighter Kids Sega Saturn Fighting Manual (1996)
- NiGHTS Nice Night Tours (1996)
- Dennou Senki Virtual-On Ace Pilot Yousei Text (1996)
- Shining the Holy Ark Koushiki Guide Book (1996)
- Enemy Zero Koushiki Guide Book (1997)
- Dennou Senki Virtual-On Pilot Manual for Saturn (1997)
- J.League Pro Soccer Club o Tsukurou! 2 Kanzen Guide Book (1998)
- Linda³ Kanzenban Koushiki Hunters Bible (1998)
- Deep Fear Perfect Guide (1998)
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